Welcome to Information Obesity
Okay, so it's free to GyroQ an item, right? Doesn't cost you any money, so great? Well, not so much. You see, GyroQ has made it so easy to capture items that it's akin to charging your purchases to a credit card without a monthly limit.
If you're abusing GyroQ, and no offense those of you I know and love but some are, than you may actually be costing yourself money in the form of work you might have otherwise completed but weren't because you were processing your GyroQ In-Tray.
Now For the Obligatory 'It's Not Your Fault' Spiel
You see, we're so accustomed to having to leave what we're doing to capture a thought, task or hyperlink that we're not used to worrying about capturing too efficiently: the process has mostly sucked prior to now. And then GyroQ bursts through, allowing you to quickly capture anything and everything you want, anytime you want while working on a computer and you just go binge capturing.
It kind of reminds me of food abundance in developed nations: throughout history, human beings have had to fight for every scrap of food they get. Now we're having to fight those urges that previously kept us alive to keep us fitting into our pants. And if you think I'm ranting, just think how many fast food places you passed on your drive home. Folks, this is what you face with GyroQ: For the first time you can capture information gluttonously and with abandon. And if we don't learn to count our 'capture' calories soon, we may crush under the weight of an ingenious product.
Okay, so maybe you think I'm ragging on GyroQ, being too hard on the adorable little box that pops up everytime you have a thought. Sorry, but I gotta lay it out how it is, and the simple fact is that GyroQ has made it so easy to capture your thoughts that there really isn't a precedent for it. If you want to go with my previous Rome analogy, then GyroQ reps the hordes that eventually bring it down - seriously, it's that game-changing.
See my earlier post on GyroQ Swarms for more.
A GyroQ item simply isn't free to capture, and the sooner you realize that, the sooner you won't be staring down a 2000+ item In-Tray the way I am. Yeah, you heard me right, I have thousands of topics swimming about my In-Tray.
Just a cautionary tale from a fellow practitioner...
Guidelines to Take Back Your In-Tray
But it's not all doom and gloom: Here are a few tips I've cooked up to get a GyroQ Diet going:
- Hyperlinks: Are you ever REALLY going to want to look at that website again, or are you subconsciously trying to create the visual face of Google via MindMaps? If you're really going to look at it later, then by all means GyroQ it, but otherwise, move on with your day.
- Information Items: Try to not make GyroQ a clipboard for someday/maybe reading and assorted crap. Let it be for information you NEED to read or preserve.
- Action Items: It could be tempting to make an Action item out of everything you do, and GyroQ will CERTAINLY afford you the ability to capture it. But do you really need to make flossing your teeth at night a task when you've done it all your life without seeing it on a Task list? If you do it naturally, don't capture.
Stay tuned for more on GyroQ.